Skaneateles Figure Skating Club members Hannah Kalabanka (left), 14 of Auburn, and Julia Marshall (right), 11 of Skaneateles, perform with the Bluewater Blades Synchronized Skating Team at the Empire State Games.
While the world’s best figure skaters took to the ice in Sochi, New York State’s best were gathering at the Lake Placid Olympic Center for the Empire State Games recently.
Among them were four individual skaters and two synchronized skating teams representing the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club. At the end of the three-day event held Feb. 7 through 10, the club had secured two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Juliana Prendergast, a 15 year old Skaneateles sophomore, delivered a personal best performance to win the gold in her free skate performance. Skating to music from “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” Juliana beautifully connected a number of required spins, jumps and step sequences with her personal artistry. “I’ve known all along Juliana was capable of this, and she delivered,” said Lisa Mirabito, Juliana’s long time coach. Juliana has been skating at the Empire State Games since she was 9 and adds this medal to her others won as both an individual and synchronized team skater.
Thirteen-year-old Isabella Amoia of Auburn brought home one gold and one silver medal as she represented the club in three events, the most of any club skater. Coached by the husband-wife team of Stacy and Jeff Petri, Isabella showed her great versatility by medaling in both free skate (gold) and ice dance (silver). “Isabella is a real asset to the club and as such a young skater she will surely accomplish much.” said Mirabito who has previously coached Isabella in synchronized team skating.
The club was also represented by Courtney Gavurnik, 17, of Auburn, and Kate Frost, 15, of Cazenovia, who each received bronze medals for their free skate programs.
Skating on the same ice as the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, The Bluewater Blades Beginner 2 team was also a medal winner, securing one silver. Consisting of 7 to 11 year olds Coral Bales, Hannah Boyer, Elsa Marshall, Ellie and Caroline McSwain, Holly and Hailey Teasdale-Edwards of Skaneateles and Anna Caruso of Warners, the Bluewater Blades edged out local rivals The Cutting Edge of Camillus who had previously bested them at the Port City Invitational in January.